The highly acclaimed singer Demi Lovato has recently opened up to being nonbinary in an emotional video post. Lovato is changing their pronouns to they/them and has always been a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community.
They made the announcement on their first new podcast called “4D with Demi Lovato,” which was joined by the author and performer Alok Vaid-Menon. Demi calls them an important pillar in the nonbinary community.
Lovato said that they want to make it clear that they are still discovering and understanding themselves and are not an expert on the topic. They also added that this might be a very unexpected conversation for many of their fans.
Every day we wake up, we are given another opportunity & chance to be who we want & wish to be. I’ve spent the majority of my life growing in front of all of you… you’ve seen the good, the bad, & everything in between. pic.twitter.com/HSBcfmNruo
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 19, 2021
Lovato also stated that now that they have come out and shared this personal news, it creates great vulnerabilities. However, they are doing this for those who have not been able to open up about their feelings with their loved ones and the world. They beautifully ended the message by saying,
Keep living with your truths and know I am sending so much love your way.
For those who are not sure what the term nonbinary refers to, GLAAD (“Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation”) defines it as –
People who experience their gender identity and/or gender expression as falling outside the categories of man and woman. They may define their gender as falling somewhere in between man and woman, or they may define it as wholly different from these terms.
It has now become common for nonbinary people to use they/them pronouns instead of his/her.
Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD’s Head of Talent, said in a statement that gender isn’t simply male or female. People who are nonbinary are living outside these defined lines and are subject to respect for the way they feel from the inside. Which specially includes using the right pronouns for them. It is not something new that people are identifying themselves as nonbinary. It is only now that support and acceptance from communities are there, and that is why we hear about such cases much more often.
The recognition for nonbinary people has been growing, and it will probably take a few years for society to accept it as a norm (Hopefully!). Lovato has been one of the strongest and loudest voices and advocates for the LGBTQ community, its people, and its issues. While they share their story, they’ll be educating the millions of nonbinary people globally and giving them a message to live with pride.
Lately, Elliot Page also opened up about being transgender. Other celebrities who identify themselves as nonbinary are Jonathan Van Ness, Amandla Stenberg, Indya Moore, and Nico Tortorella.
Back in 2019, Sam Smith, the Grammy-winning singer, also came out as nonbinary and genderqueer. They also shared that they use “they/them” pronouns and that the pop star had to fight for a lifetime with their gender.